WASHINGTON (AFP): Casey Kasem, an American disc jockey and radio personality who hosted ‘top 40’ countdown shows broadcast across the country for nearly 40 years, died on Sunday. He was 82. Kasem - also the distinctive voice of ‘Shaggy’ in the television hit cartoon ‘Scooby-Doo’ - began his popular ‘American Top 40’ radio broadcast in 1970, counting down Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 chart of top hits.

Stations across the country quickly picked up the up-beat show, in which top hits were played alongside song dedications, anecdotes and biographical information about artists. Kasem died in Gig Harbor, Washington state, publicist Danny Deraney said.